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Manhattan Beach to San Diego via Encinitas

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Manhattan Beach to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Manhattan Beach to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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11:00 am  start in Manhattan Beach
drive for about 2 hours

12:48 pm  Encinitas
eat at Swami's Cafe
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 30 minutes

2:19 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 2.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Encinitas  (29 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
    Del Mar Racetrack  (3 mentions)
    Del Mar Plaza  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Encinitas:
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Jake's Del Mar
        Pacifica Breeze Cafe
        PAON
    hotels around Encinitas:
        L'Auberge Del Mar
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort
    questions about Encinitas:
        What's the best neighborhood in Encinitas for a first time visitor?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Encinitas?
        Best free things to do in Encinitas?


Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Diego? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Diego? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in San Diego?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
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Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Diego to Manhattan Beach drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Manhattan Beach to San Diego. Or get a full Manhattan Beach to San Diego flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Manhattan Beach well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Manhattan Beach!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 122 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 17 minutes
125 Manhattan Beach travel answers
29 Encinitas travel answers
256 San Diego travel answers





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